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Apr 18, 2010 10:00am EDT
library, cable's latest gift to america. >> this week on "newsmakers," steny hoyer, majority leader, democrat of maryland, joining us up from capitol hill today. mr. hoyer, joining us in the questioning is carl from the "new york times" and jared of the local newspaper. >> hi. >> i know you're pleased that the unemployment benefits were finally extended and the president signed the bill. it was a pretty contentious and time consuming process. do you think you're going to be able to get a deal that will extend them through the rest of the year and avoid these kind of fights and should they be paid for? >> carl, clearly we believe that they are emergency spending, they're emergency because of the dire straits of so many of our people unable to find employment, out of jobs, and in need of assistance to make sure they and their families can remain above water. so from that standpoint they're clearly mrges emergencies and we think it's appropriate to pay for them as emergency funded items. having said that, i'm hopeful that what has been conceived as a contentious process, but you'll not
Apr 18, 2010 6:00pm EDT
government takeover, as some have tried to scare america with. we need to educate people with what this really does. when they understand it, they are going to appreciate the fact that this was good for them and their families and their businesses and the country. >> mr. leader, do you have any names? >> i do not have any specific names. there are a lot of good people out there. tom-shall -- tom dachille is very good at communicating with the american people and understand the health care system. i do not know whether senator- all -- i do not know whether he would be interested or not. someone who understands the public and the legislation is the kind of person that you need. clearly, all of us need to be salespeople. every member of congress, the president -- he will speak about this repeatedly between now and the end of the year to make sure that americans understand what has been done. >> on that note, congressman, you have been traveling around into districts and helping vulnerable democrats. when it comes to the health care bill, talking to people that disagree and do not like it,
Apr 25, 2010 10:00am EDT
immigration reform, and frank sherry is the founder of "america's voice." we hope you tune in, 7:00 a.m. eastern. thank you for being with us this sunday morning. enjoy the rest of your weekend. . >> "newsmakers" is very pleased to welcome congressman jerry lewis, the chief appropriator on capitol hill. thank you for being here this week. our two reporters joining me this week, the congressional appropriations reporter, and congressional reporter from mcwlatchy. with the twin facts in front of us of a federal debt of about $13 trillion and unemployment in your home state of california 12.6%, which is going to be the driving priority for you? >> $13 trillion did you say in i can't quite imagine that our national debt could rise to that level. for me, it's very, very apparent that government's tendency to overspend on everything has had a huge impact upon our economy, and government's unwillingness to provide oversight in areas where they have serious responsibility has led to other problems like the housing crisis. it's not a democrat or republican thing in my mind's eye. over the year's
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